With technological advancements taking place every now and then, security has become a matter of grave concern for all organizations and businesses. The need for protecting valuable customer and employee data has become even more prominent. Thus in the year 2002, the Federal Information Security Management Act was introduced.
Abbreviated to FISMA, this act acknowledged the significance of making information more secure to protect the rights and interests of the United States economy. According to this act, security guidelines and compliance standards issued by federal law should be imposed on businesses with the help of federal agencies throughout the country.
Information safeguarding means that an agency in question should be able to protect the flow of information taking place in a particular organization. This also includes the security software used by companies to store important private information of their customers and employees. If accessed in an unauthorized manner, this information can lead hazardous implications.
Sometimes, when records of an employee or customer are not disposed of in a proper manner, they could fall into the wrong hands and lead to fraud. Since the records would contain vital and private information of a given customer e.g. email, phone number and credit card number etc, it can used to damage that person’s finances. Naturally that individual would blame the company that had once possessed his private information leading to lawsuits and loss of reputation.
Therefore, a company that’s following best practices ensures that information and records disposal should only take place in accordance to the compliance guidelines provided by federal law.
The Federal Information Security Management Act ensures that all operational businesses comply with its issued standards. The law also directs organizations towards the usage of regulatory software for achieving compliance. This includes the installation of updated software along with improved infrastructure of technology.
If used correctly, security compliance can help maintain America’s national security along with an established internal control among various organizations.